DEN DIGGER: A Westview resident noticed a small bear cub digging a hole under a porch. They called the BC RAPP line (1.877.952.7277), and the call went to local conservation officer Andrew Anaka.
This little one, who was preparing for winter, was also beginning to fall asleep, even while digging. He was quickly picked up by Andrew and placed in a kennel. He then called the president of the Powell River Orphaned Wildlife Society, Merrilee Prior, and the two began to arrange a transfer for the cub.
Andrew contacted the BC Conservation Officer Service biologist and they agreed that rescue was a good choice over euthanasia. Merrilee has prepared a comfortable kennel for the little one’s trip.
She also called the Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley to see if they would accept the little one for rehab, then Pacific Coastal Airlines for a flight to Vancouver. Everything went well, although the little one had already settled in his first cage and was a little reluctant to move into another now. Once lifted up in the travel kennel, however, he snuggled into a large, comfy quilt and quickly began to snore.
After a call to photographer Michelle Pennell to set up a quick photoshoot at the airport, the little bear cub was on its way. At least seven individuals / groups were involved in this incredible and exciting rescue.
Cubs are typically born in January, tiny, helpless, and hairless, weighing less than 225 grams / eight ounces. There are often two to three in a litter, which stay with the mother for about 18 months.